Bladder urgency issues can be a frustrating and uncomfortable problem for many people. If you suffer from bladder urgency issues, you may feel like you always need to be close to a bathroom, which can limit your ability to enjoy activities and social situations. However, physical therapy can be a highly effective way to manage bladder urgency issues and improve your quality of life.
What are Bladder Urgency Issues?
Bladder urgency issues are a type of urinary incontinence that involves a sudden, intense need to urinate. This can happen even if your bladder is not full, and it can be difficult to control the urge to urinate. Bladder urgency issues can be caused by a variety of factors, including nerve damage, overactive bladder muscles, and medications. It can also be a symptom of other conditions, such as urinary tract infections or bladder cancer.
How can Physical Therapy help with Bladder Urgency Issues?
Physical therapy can be an effective way to manage bladder urgency issues. A physical therapist can work with you to strengthen the muscles that control your bladder, known as the pelvic floor muscles. By doing exercises to improve your pelvic floor muscle strength and control, you can better manage your bladder urgency issues and reduce your risk of accidents.
In addition to pelvic floor muscle exercises, a physical therapist can also provide education on bladder habits and lifestyle modifications that can help manage bladder urgency issues. This might include things like avoiding certain foods and beverages that irritate the bladder, establishing a regular bathroom schedule, and developing relaxation techniques to reduce stress and tension in the pelvic area.
What can you expect from Physical Therapy for Bladder Urgency Issues?
During your first physical therapy session, your therapist will likely conduct an assessment to determine the strength and control of your pelvic floor muscles. They may also ask about your symptoms and medical history to help develop a personalized treatment plan.
Your treatment plan may involve exercises to improve pelvic floor muscle strength and control, as well as education on bladder habits and lifestyle modifications. Your therapist may also recommend using biofeedback, which involves using sensors to monitor muscle activity and provide visual feedback on muscle contractions. This can help you learn to control your pelvic floor muscles better and manage bladder urgency issues.
How long does Physical Therapy take for Bladder Urgency Issues?
The length of your physical therapy treatment will depend on the severity of your bladder urgency issues and how quickly you respond to treatment. In general, most people see improvement in their symptoms after 4-6 weeks of regular physical therapy sessions. However, it may take longer for some people to achieve their desired level of improvement.
Bladder urgency issues can be a frustrating and uncomfortable problem, but physical therapy can be a highly effective way to manage this condition. By working with a physical therapist to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and develop healthy bladder habits, you can improve your quality of life and reduce the impact of bladder urgency issues on your daily activities. If you are struggling with bladder urgency issues, talk to your healthcare provider about whether physical therapy may be a good option.